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Do you get Dizzy When you Stand Up?

It may be orthostatic hypotension. This is caused by a quick drop in blood pressure when one stands up and all the blood rushes towards the lower parts of the body. When this happens, a person can become dizzy, lightheaded, have blurred or dimmed vision, and may even faint.

Here are some great ways to minimize the symptoms/effects of orthostatic hypotension:

  • Standing slowly rather than quickly, as the delay can give the blood vessels more time to constrict properly. This can help avoid incidents of syncope (fainting).
  • Take a deep breath and flex your abdominal muscles while rising to maintain blood and oxygen in the brain.
  • Maintaining an elevated salt intake, through sodium supplements or electrolyte-enriched drinks. Maintaining a proper fluid intake to prevent the effects of dehydration.
  • As eating lowers blood pressure, take your food in a larger number of smaller meals. Take extra care when standing after eating.
  • When orthostatic hypotension is caused by hypovolemia due to medications, the disorder may be reversed by adjusting the dosage or by discontinuing the medication.
  • When the condition is caused by prolonged bed rest, improvement may occur by sitting up with increasing frequency each day. In some cases, physical counterpressure such as elastic hose (stockings) or whole-body inflatable suits may be required.
  • Many people who experience orthostatic hypotension are able to recognise the symptoms and quickly adopt a “squat position” to avoid falling during an episode. This is because they are usually unable to co-ordinate a return to sitting in a chair, once the episode has commenced.
  • Avoiding bodily positions that impede blood flow, such as sitting with knees up to chest or crossing legs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthostatic_hypotension

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Getting Rid of Vertigo Through Virtual Reality

Can virtual reality technology help cure vertigo?

http://www.king5.com/health/stories/NW_101209HEB-virtual-vertigo-TP.20e62cd5d.html

What do you think?

Invisible Illness Seminars

These seminars are FREE from Invisible Illness Week and they upload straight into your iTunes. Some seminars include:

“Understanding how we Uniquely Deal with Difficulties in Life”

“Helping Others Undertand Your Pain”

“When Your Child is Chronically Ill”

“Simplifying Your Home and Housework”

“Finding Health Insurance with a Pre-Existing Condition”

http://www.apple.com/search/ipoditunes/?q=invisible+illness

Purchasing Balance Exercises Online

Yesterday we had a woman who called us and asked if we would suggest any particular balance exercises to buy from an online source. She had found some online for $59.99 and wanted our opinion.

Our answer was: Go see a licensed healthcare professional who deals with vestibular disorders!

The reason vestibular rehabilitation and balance therapy works is because a trained professional is watching you and making sure you are doing these exercises correctly. These therapists and doctors are educated  in teaching how these exercises re-train your brain and vestibular system. Even slight changes the therapist makes can make a big difference in your recovery.

So check with your healthcare professional and you’ll be back to doing things you have been wanting to do!

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**Disclaimer: This post is not intended as medical advice – always go see your doctor before you start any new activity when you have a vestibular disorder.

Happy 4th of July!

Have a fantastic Fourth of July!!!

    – From the LifeStyle family

Twitter With Us

LifeStyle has  joined the latest craze, Twitter, and we would love to Twitter with you!

Michele and the LifeStyle staff will be updating Twitter with patient updates – patients we evaluate and treat, how we evaluate and treat them, and what conditions and disorders we evaluate and treat – and what happens at the office during the day. You’ll really get a good idea of what is going on at LifeStyle!

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